Biney and Dunphy Pace Women's Basketball in Holiday Tournament Opener

Priscilla Dunphy

WORCESTER – Junior Ama Biney (Worcester, MA) and senior Priscilla Dunphy (Barrington, RI) combined for 31 points in a 51-37 non-conference women's basketball victory over Oberlin in the WPI Holiday Tournament opener Friday evening in Harrington Auditorium,

The Engineers up their record to 10-1 for the second consecutive season and closes out the calendar year tomorrow at 3pm versus the winner of the nightcap between Wesleyan and Bridgewater State. Oberlin (3-6) takes on the other team in the 1pm consolation contest.

The first period saw two ties before WPI gained the lead following a bucket by Dunphy with less than half of the frame remaining. Sophomore Jackie Panneton (Salem, MA) and junior Stasha Greenalch (Newington, CT) each hit a layup in the final 90-plus seconds for a pair of four-point leads. A jumper by junior Tyler Parlor (Detroit, MI) cut the Yeowomen deficit to a pair with 18 ticks to go.

WPI never trailed in the second which featured a pair of six-point cushions behind a pair of free throws and a jumper by Biney at 4:57 and 4:20. Parlor was key in forging two more ties beginning with a layup at 3:56 and concluding with a pair of freebies at 1:18.

The Engineers outscored their guests 14-5 in the third, including eight by Biney. After junior Abby Andrews' (Ann Arbor, MI) basket 57 seconds into the stanza, it would take until 3:47 for Oberlin to score again, this time in the form of a 3-pointer by freshman Sarah Thompson (Manchester, MI).

Oberlin was able to get within five courtesy of a jumper by sophomore Alex Stipano (Alexandria, VA) with 7:28 to play. The Engineers then pulled away and reached a double-digit lead following a pair of free throws by Dunphy. The margin remained above 10 for the remainder of the contest while senior Tess Nogueira (Merrimac, MA) punctuated the victory with a layup for the 51-37 final.

Biney delivered 17 points, nine rebounds, seven steals and an assist as Dunphy finished with 14 points, six rebounds, two steals and two assists. The duo also combined to go 9 of 11 at the free throw line.

Andrews collected 10 points and six rebounds, sophomore Olivia Canning (Detroit, MI) chipped in with seven boards and Parlor doled out four assists.

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Berger Keys Wesleyan Rebound in Victory Versus Bridgewater State at WPI Holiday Tournament

WORCESTER – Sophomore Tara Berger (Purchase, NY) scored 15 points and hauled in a career-high 19 rebounds, including a career-best 11 on the offensive glass, to help lead Wesleyan past Bridgewater State, 73-51, Friday night at the WPI Women's Basketball Holiday Tournament in Harrington Auditorium. BSU sophomore Sara DaSilva (Chelmsford, MA) handed in a game-best 20 points.

The Cardinals (5-4) will face host WPI in the championship game at 3pm tomorrow while the Bears (3-7) will meet Oberlin in the 1pm consolation.

Wesleyan flew out to a 17-4 lead after the first quarter. The frame was highlighted by a pair of consecutive layups by junior Maddie Bledsoe (Newton, MA) in the first four minutes. With 6:35 left in the second period, sophomore Olivia Gorman (Lower Gwynedd, PA) made it a 13-point game (23-10).

BSU junior Janet Maher (Mansfield, MA) then drained back-to-back triples for six of her 10 first half points to bring the Bears within seven. Sophomore Sara DaSilva (Chelmsford, MA) kept the Cardinals in check with a jumper and then a layup to whittle the deficit to five. She later ended the half with another layup for Bridgewater State.

The Bears were able to get within three in the latter portion of the third behind a 7-4 run by junior Rhiana Page (Brookline, MA). With 8:56 left in the game, Wesleyan's advantage increased to double digits for the duration. The margin was as much as 26 with 2:53 to play.

Junior Maeve Vitale (Roswell, GA) handed in 16 points and eight boards and Bledsoe totaled 13 points and nine caroms. Gorman pitched in with nine points and four assists to go with 10 rebounds from sophomore Chynna Bailey (Brooklyn, NY).

Maher was the only other Bear in double digit scoring with 10. DaSilva and senior Stephanie DeSantis (Walpole, MA) each accounted for five rebounds.

Wesleyan held sizable cushions in rebounds (64-28) and points in the paint (46-16) while Bridgewater State committed nine fewer turnovers (24-13).